Among all rooms at our house, bathroom is the one which most likely gets the least natural light. It is because most bathrooms are made without any windows; just proper ventilation. Having thoughtful vanity lighting fixtures in your bathroom will therefore become a huge help for you to get ready every single day. That’s why, it is important to add some wall sconces around your vanity mirror, and the way you set them up is as crucial.
It is usually not enough to set one type of lighting for a room. Even though you have had some overhead lamps on the ceiling that provide you ambient lighting for the whole bathroom, you will need more lamps to help you see your face better. For this reason, putting extra wall sconces that supply you with adequate task lighting is necessary. Regarding this, we need to choose the right sconces shades as they influence how bright the light will be produced. White fabric shades are recommended ones as they emit bright light with clean tone. The best place for your vanity lighting fixtures is at left and right sides of the mirror. Besides, you can also put one set of vanity lighting above it.
Before installing any wall sconces around your vanity mirror, you need to think about the vanity lighting fixtures. The main rule is to put the side sconces at about your eye level to provide you light bright enough to avoid casting shadows on your face. This is especially important for shaving or putting on some make-up. The American Lighting Association suggests vanity lighting fixtures to be about 65 to 70 inches or 165.1 to 177.8 cm above the ground. The distance between the sconces at each side depends on the size of the mirror and the room and also the design of the sconces. The fixtures placed above the mirror are ideally 78 inches tall.
Lighting is an inseparable item with other decorations in interior design. Bathroom interior is not excluded. The whole look of your bathroom should be one of your considerations when arranging your vanity lighting fixtures. Make sure the wall sconces you choose complement and beautify the whole look of your bathroom vanity.
For small bathrooms, sometimes the fixtures are mounted near a shower or a tub. If this placement has a risk of having them splashed by water, make sure you look for any sconces with damp rating.